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Running Log ~ May 13th

I am feeling down and out about running.

I was running 4 days a week and now I have gotten myself busy with other things and I keep putting the gym off.  So I am running maybe two to three days a week.

This lack of running is showing.

Tonight I could only get two miles out before my shin started to scream and yell at me.

I am feeling alone in my running, and the treadmill is not working for me.

But neither is running on the road, because I can stop anytime.  I don’t have to push the button to slow my pace.  I can just stop.  and I do.  Plus I am just feeling out of time.

So I needed a little motivational help.

There are a couple of running sites I follow (LearnToRunStrong.com & OurSoleIntent.com) and also follow on Facebook.

Right before Mother’s day I get a notice that for the next week they are doing a Shine On Mother Runner Empowerment Celebration.

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On Facebook join the event and you will get a daily training workout, daily motivation, recipes, tips, a chance to win a You Shine prize, given daily, and more.

There is a declarations page for us Mother Runners to download and sign.  Then you document yourself, by picture, with the declaration and something involving running.  Post the picture to either Our Sole Intent or Learn to Run Strong‘s Facebook pages.  And don’t forget to tag it with hastag iShine.

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Here is the declaration page, download it, sign it, have your family sign it.

 

Hopefully this is just the type of group motivation I need to get back on track.

You should join us too.

Together we move MILES

 

 

Just. Keep. Running.

Another Mother Runner Half Marathon Training Program can be found here

C25K interval information can be found here

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Running Log ~ May 6th

I haven’t had a lot to say lately on running.

I am running, but not as far as I would like.

You would think with the days getting longer (and by longer I mean more day light time) I would be getting more running in.

But I am not.  In fact, I think I am running less.

I had been getting board running at the gym, but don’t want to run alone outside at night, in the dark.  A couple of times I have tried to run after dropping the kids off, but I can only get 2 miles in before I have to go to work.  And last week, it was only 1.5 miles before I had to go to work.  Which is about 11.6 miles less than a half marathon.

I know what the problem is….it’s work!  If only I didn’t have to work, I would be able to run more.  Or if I had a jogging stroller, I could take the kidos with me.

I have also been having difficulty with the time commitment…

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For me to run any distance, takes about an hour.  And realistically I just don’t have an extra hour in my day, unless I take it out of my sleep time.  But then I am more tired, which makes it hard to run….  But really I am just making excuses, right?

But Sunday night I got four miles in and watched a show on Hulu+ while at the gym.  I am trying to alternate days, so I will try again tonight.

I am going to run a 10k before my half and I sure hope I can finish it….

 

Just. Keep. Running.

Another Mother Runner Half Marathon Training Program can be found here

C25K interval information can be found here

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Running Log ~ April 22nd

Happy Earth Day!

We have been having some really crummy weather lately.  I don’t want to run in the rain, unless it is for a race.  So I have been sticking to the treadmill.

But that is getting boring.  It is fine on the short runs, but I really can’t stand looking at the elliptical machines for an hour or longer.  Plus I have been having a harder time wanting to run at night.  I have a ton of stuff to get done, and really the only time is at night after the boys go to bed.

So last night I had a great idea.  I would take the boys to the sitter on Tues & Thurs early, go for a run and then go to work.

And this morning the clouds parted and the sun was shinning so I did a quick two-mile run outside!  We have some great trails around where I live, so I stopped on the way home.

 

 

It was beautiful, and just cold enough to cool me down but not freeze me.

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I am not really falling behind in my training, but I am not advancing either.  I am hoping this new schedule will allow me to get more runs as well as doing at least one long run a week.

And each week that run will get longer and longer….

 

Just. Keep. Running.

C25K interval information can be found here

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Running Log ~ April 10th

My first running log of April.

I completely forgot to write about my run last Sunday.  I also had internet issues, but we won’t get into that.

Last Sunday I ran the Bridge to Brews 8k.  I wanted to run the 10K, but then decided to just do an 8k again and try to beat my time.

My cousin and I before the race

My cousin (the tall one) and me (the short one) before the race

Here is the map of the run

Bridge to Brews course map

But you know what it doesn’t show?  The bitch of a hill at the VERY END of the race.  For the last mile we go from an elevation of 26 feet to 135 feet!  With the last 1/4 of a mile raising something like 80 feet!

I wanted to run the whole five miles with out walking, which would give me a better time.  Which was the result I was looking for in this race.

I ran with my cousin and we are about level with our pacing, so all we had to do was keep together.

When we got to the Broadway bridge, the second bridge, the on ramp was an incline, and I decided I just wasn’t going to run it.  So I walked up the ramp and caught back up with my cousin on the other side of the bridge.

When we got off the bridge is when the hill started and I made it part way before I decided I just couldn’t run up it.  It was just too steep and I was just too tired.  Maybe I could have done it, but at that point I was pleased with my results and I felt it was just fine that I walk a little.

I did start running again towards the finish line, I wanted to make sure I was running when I crossed!

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During the race I had the Map My Run app going so that I would know my pace.  The difficult thing with this is that you have to start and stop it.  I started as we crossed the start line, but I forgot to stop it, so that added a couple of minutes to my total time and thus my average pace.

However, the app breaks down my pace for each mile.

Mile Pace (min/mi)
1 11:28
2 11:13
3 10:38
4 11:51

Can you see that?

Our third mile we were rocking under an 11 min/mi pace!

I finished just under an hour at 59:13 min and since my cousin didn’t walk when I did at the very end she finished about a minute and a half ahead of me.  Which is awesome because she hadn’t done a 8k until this run!

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the ‘sweaty selfie’

I am pleased with our progress and of course because we are crazy, we are going to run a half-marathon at the end of August.

What?  Did I just say that?

A half-marathon is 13.1 miles.  So that is just like running two 8k races, and I can do an 8k, so it will be easy-peasy.

 

Just. Keep. Running.

C25K interval information can be found here

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